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Omaha Firefighters Union president accused of hitting woman

February 1, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The president of the Omaha Firefighters Union has been ticketed for misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct after being accused of hitting a woman at a bar last year.

Omaha city prosecutors instructed police to cite Steve LeClair on Friday. The citation follows an investigation into accusations by a woman that LeClair punched her in her back in November after she ignored several sexually-charged comments from him and asked him to leave her alone. The woman, who is black, also says LeClair whispered the words “white power” in her ear before hitting her.

LeClair denies the allegations. His attorney, Pat Dunn, said Friday that LeClair will fight the charges and that he was with LeClair when police interviewed him. Dunn insists police acknowledged in that meeting that “no such conduct ever occurred.”

LeClair, who is an Omaha firefight, remains on paid administrative leave.

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